Longtime Northwest Connection editorial assistant Mark Ellis has released his first novel, A Death on the Horizon, via Kindle Direct. The book is priced at $2.99, and can be downloaded to any electronic reader or personal computer, or to an iPhone by utilizing a Kindle app. A paperback version is due out in September.
A Death on the Horizon is a novel of political upheaval and cultural intrigue. From the book description:
“On the cusp of what she believes to be her termination at Charon Investigations, Private Investigator Melissa Blythe is assigned the case that will hopefully save her career and change her life.
Burned-out by the soul-numbing demands of investigative work and a love life adrift on Seattle’s late-summer streets, Melissa is convinced her boss is giving her one last chance.”
In addition to writing and editing at the Connection since 2009, Ellis writes a column at the national political website PJ Media. “If you like a good thriller featuring a character facing a crisis point in her life and career,” says Ellis, “this story is for you.”
The 4th of July is one of the best holidays in America. Picnics, barbecues, patriotic music; family and friends getting together to celebrate. Children, and many adults, impatiently wait all day for the sun to fade into the west for the anticipated fireworks display.
Our 4th of July traditions are rooted in the celebration of our independence and freedoms. In particular, the fireworks tradition represents the rockets’ red glare and the bombs bursting in air. Each point of light in the sky from the aerial fireworks represent our country’s war dead. More than a million have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and for freedom around the world. The sounds of fireworks exploding represent the sounds of battle, symbolic of those wounded in the service of our country. Continue reading
TO: Dean of Extraterrestrial Studies
Galactic University, HomeStar
FROM: Agent-in-Place, Planet Earth,
North American Continent
SUBJECT: Local native customs and rituals:
DATE: July 3, 2019, local time Continue reading
The Multnomah County Republican Party joins U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in condemning Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler for the Portland Police Bureau’s continued refusal adequately to police Antifa thugs that ran wild again this weekend. Despite extremely violent and widespread attacks, even including a vicious attack that put independent journalist Andy Ngo in the hospital, the Portland Police Bureau apparently managed to arrest only three people.
The MCRP calls upon the President and Attorney General to restore effective federal law enforcement in Oregon. “It is long past time for the federal government to invoke fundamental federal civil rights statutes, like 18 U.S.C. § 241, that make it a felony for groups of people to run around in masks attacking other people for exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Party Chair James Buchal.
Will activists finally admit their sins and break out of their pesticide-blaming time loop?
Did you think Goundhog Day only comes in February?
For anti-insecticide zealots and others in the environmentalist movement who’ve been preoccupied for years with bees and “colony collapse disorder,” it actually comes every June. That’s when the Bee Informed Partnership – a University of Maryland-based project supported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – releases the results of its annual survey of honeybee colony losses and health. Continue reading
Yes, I know that it is a little early to think about my Christmas Wish List, but I certainly could use a Time Machine of the sort envisioned by H.G. Wells in his science fiction novel and in the 1960 movie adaptation starring Rod Taylor. I’m a big fan of good science fiction that takes us on fantastic journeys into the unknown without menacing us with hobgoblins like Global Warming. Hence, I like writers from H. G. Wells to Michael Crichton but not Al Gore and similar pretenders with purely political motives.
With the deadline for finishing this Op-Ed approaching faster than the Oregon Senate’s final decision on the far reaching HB2020 (Carbon Tax), I face a dilemma. Should I go with “Republican Herman Baertschiger defeats Democrat Peter Courtney” and risk a “Dewey defeats Truman” fiasco? As a scientist, I prefer sure bets to substantial speculation. Hence, a time machine that could carry me just a few days into the future would be very helpful. Continue reading
Man’s inhumanity to man is most clearly seen in racism. It has led to Hitler’s extermination camps in WWII, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Stalin’s “Great Purge” in the 1930’s. It has also shown its ugly face in the enslavement, mistreatment and murder of Blacks in our own country’s history. This level of bigotry and hatred is the result of a heart that is diseased by sin and fueled by the devil. But racism is not only manifested in such large-scale atrocities.
I watched a movie recently about a little black girl who was the first to go to a “white” school during the early days of desegregation. Parents and students of that school said cruel and vicious things to that little first-grader, all the while smugly praying before their meals, Continue reading
I don’t care. I can’t do without this President. He fights for America.
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer.
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush, as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.
We tried statesmanship. Continue reading
Dear Governor Brown:
I am the City Manager of the legitimate City of Damascus, Oregon. Senate Bill 226 is being sent to the Governor’s desk. This bill was promoted by a group of anti-government and anti-land use planning activists hoping to euthanize a city in Oregon — the City of Damascus. Hopefully, the Governor of Oregon won’t do this.
If the Governor signs this bill, then it goes to the Republican Secretary of State to certify this insanity. I say that because the Oregon Appellate Court already ruled on the city’s legal existence. The League of Oregon Cities and the City-County Insurance System just acknowledged its legal existence. If the Secretary of State were to certify this insanity, then it is legislatively, fast-tracked to the Oregon Supreme Court. This bill is so riddled with legal holes, that they will nullify the law for any number of reasons. But they only need one! Continue reading
The four tiny turtles are the first of this rare species to hatch at zoo’s conservation lab
In the Oregon Zoo’s conservation lab, four tiny hatchlings have come out of their shells. The nickel-sized western pond turtles, which came to the lab as eggs earlier this month, are the first of this endangered species to hatch in the zoo’s conservation lab.
“We head-start baby western pond turtles in our lab and release them each year, but those turtles have already hatched when they’re brought in,” said Steve Hash, a keeper in the zoo’s reptile and amphibian area. “We had an adult western pond turtle in the lab for treatment last month and surprise! She laid a clutch of eggs.”